Poland's meat crisis
Polish meat has already become more expensive compared
to Western Europe.
However, the situation may be reversed if the Polish parliament agrees to
GMO feed and if Poland follows the same path as Denmark.
During 2007, the amount of imports exceeded exports. This was mainly due to
high pork prices in Poland. According to Dariusz Nowakowski, CEO of Grupa
Animex, Poland's biggest meat processor, the situation may get even worse this
Much higher prices compared to EU
Nowakowski says, â€œ85%
of production costs are generated by meat prices. In Poland, the price of pork
has for a long time already been higher than the EU average and much higher than
in Denmark, the USA or Brazil.â€
Most likely, higher production costs will have to be dealt with as well,
when a ban of GMO elements in feed is implemented in August this year.
â€œThis is a big threat to our company and to the whole sector in Poland. If
this provision comes into force, meat prices will soon jump and imports will
further grow,â€ said Nowakowski.
The Minister of Agriculture, Marek Sawicki, has promised to levy this
Denmark a good example
Nowakowski added that, â€œPolish meat would become more competitive and that
prices would fall substantially if the sector followed the suit of Denmark,
which has become a giant in pork production and exports in the last thirty
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